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Hear about plans to renovate and modernize the Thomas Hughes Children’s Library at Harold Washington Library. Brian Vitale, design director and principal at Gensler, will share his firm’s re-imagination of the 25,000-square-foot space.

$5 public
Free for CAF members*
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Scheduled to be completed later this year, the updated children’s library will feature a welcoming and flexible layout with new IT infrastructure, lighting and furnishings. It will set a precedent for the forthcoming redesign of other early learning centers within 14 neighborhood branch libraries.

Program Speaker: Brian Vitale

Brian Vitale

Brian Vitale is a principal and design director in Gensler’s Chicago office. He has led many notable and award-winning projects, including the Gratz Center at Fourth Presbyterian Church, the Kohler Creative Communications Center and global headquarters of Johnson Controls, Inc. He has been an invited professor and lecturer at several universities and serves on the Magnificent Mile Association board of directors. Brian holds a B.S. in architectural studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in architecture from Washington University. In 2014, the AIA awarded Brian its prestigious National Young Architect Award.

AIA/CES credit: 1 LU

  • Although this event is free for CAF members, advance registration is required.
  • All online transactions will be charged a $3 convenience fee. To avoid this fee, order tickets via phone 312.922.3432 or in-person at CAF's Box Office at 224 S. Michigan Ave.

assistive listening systemsThe Lecture Hall @ CAF is equipped with an FM Assistive Listening System. To request a receiver, with either a headset or neckloop, please inquire with a CAF staff member at the program.